Red Heart Super Saver Fireside Santa Pillow

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by Michele Wilcox, Red Heart

Red Heart Super Saver Fireside Santa Pillow

We know he sees you when you're sleeping, so create an amigurumi Santa Claus for your holiday décor or as a gift. (You could even use him as a doorstop!) No matter how you use it, anyone who loves the holiday season will love this mini Christmas Santa pillow.

Finished pillow measures 18" tall, including hat.

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Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:several hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Notes
    •Body, head, hat, and arms are worked in continuous rounds (spiral) with right side always facing. Pieces are sewn together to form Santa.
    •Gauge is not critical for this project. Work tightly so stuffing will not show between stitches.
    •To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Do not cut old color until instructed. Carry color not in use up inside of piece until next needed.
  • 2
    BODY
    Beginning at bottom of body, with A, ch 12.
    Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 9 ch, 3 sc in last ch; working along opposite side of foundation ch, sc in next 9 ch, 2 sc in last ch—24 sc.
    Place marker in last sc made to indicate end of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
    Round 2: Work 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in each of last 2 sc—30 sc.
    Round 3: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—36 sc.
    Round 4: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—42 sc.
    Round 5: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—48 sc.
    Round 6: [Sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—54 sc.
    Round 7: [Sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—60 sc.
    Rounds 8–24: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 25: [Sc in next 8 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—54 sc.
    Round 26: [Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—48 sc.
    Round 27: [Sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—42 sc.
    Round 28: [Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—36 sc.
    Round 29: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 30: [Sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—30 sc.
    Rounds 31–36: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 37: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—24 sc.
    Round 38: [Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—18 sc.
    Fasten off. Stuff body. (Option: to use the pillow as a door stopper, insert beads in the bottom of the body before you begin stuffing.)
  • 3
    HEAD
    Beginning at top of head with B, ch 2.
    Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Do not join, work in continuous rounds (spiral).
    Place marker in last sc made to indicate end of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
    Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
    Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
    Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—24 sc.
    Rounds 5 and 6: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 7: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—30 sc.
    Rounds 8–15: Sc in each sc around.
    Round 16: [Sc2tog] 15 times—15 sc.
    Stuff head.
    Round 17: [Sc2tog] 7 times, sc in last sc—8 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
  • 4
    BEARD
    Wrap C around 7" piece of heavy cardboard about 120 times. Cut wraps at one end of cardboard to make strands about 14" long. Hold 2 strands together and fold in half. Insert hook around a stitch near center of Round 9 of head for first fringe at top of beard. Place fold on hook and draw fold through to form a loop. Insert ends of strands in loop and pull to tighten fringe. Attach six more fringe on one side of first fringe and five more fringe on other side of first fringe on Round 9 (for a total of 12 fringe in first row of beard). Attach twelve more fringe on each of the next 4 rounds (Rounds 10–13), below the Round 9 fringe. Trim fringe to shape beard, as desired.
  • 5
    NOSE
    With B, ch 2.
    Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; slip st in first sc—6 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail onto yarn needle and weave through the tops of the 6 stitches. Pull tail firmly to gather and then sew in place at the center of the first row of beard fringe.
  • 6
    EYES
    With F, embroider French Knot eyes above nose.
  • 7
    Using long tail still attached to head, carefully sew head to neck opening of body. Take care to sew securely and avoid trapping beard in the sewing stiches.
  • 8
    HAT
    Beginning at top of hat with A, ch 2.
    Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Do not join, work in continuous rounds (spiral).
    Place marker in last sc made to indicate end of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
    Round 2: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] twice—8 sc.
    Rounds 3–5: Sc in each sc around and change to D in last sc of Round 5. Do not cut A, carry it on inside of hat until next needed.
    Rounds 6 and 7: With D, sc in each sc around and change to A in last sc of Round 7. Do not cut D, carry it on inside of hat until next needed.
    Round 8: With A, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 4 times—12 sc.
    Rounds 9 and 10: With A, sc in each sc around.
    Round 11: With A, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times and change to D in last sc—18 sc.
    Rounds 12 and 13: With D, sc in each sc around and change to A in last sc of Round 13.
    Rounds 14–16: With A, sc in each sc around.
    Round 17: With A, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times and change to D in last sc—24 sc.
    Rounds 18 and 19: With D, sc in each sc around and change to A in last sc of Round 19.
    Rounds 20–22: With A, sc in each sc around.
    Round 23: With A, [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times and change to D in last sc—30 sc.
    Rounds 24 and 25: With D, sc in each sc around and change to A in last sc of Round 25.
    Rounds 26–28: With A, sc in each sc around.
    Round 29: With A, [sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times and change to D in last sc—36 sc.
    Rounds 30 and 31: With D, sc in each sc around and change to A in last sc of Round 31.
    Rounds 32–35: With A, sc in each sc around.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Put hat on head. Using photograph as a guide, arrange hat above eyes and with lower edge meeting sides of beard. Using long yarn tail, sew in place.
  • 9
    HAT CUFF
    With C, ch 40.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch across—39 sc.
    Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using long yarn tail, sew cuff around bottom of hat and sew ends of cuff together.
  • 10
    ARMS (make 2)
    Beginning at top of arm with A, ch 2.
    Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Do not join, work in continuous rounds (spiral).
    Place marker in last sc made to indicate end of round. Move marker up as each round is completed.
    Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
    Rounds 3–17: Sc in each sc around and change to B in last sc of Round 17 to begin hand.
    Rounds 18–21: With B, sc in each sc around.
    Stuff arm lightly.
    Round 22: With B, [sc2tog] 6 times—6 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread tail onto yarn needle and weave through the top of the 6 stitches. Pull tail firmly to gather. Using photograph as a guide, sew arms in place on sides of body with top of arms near head.
  • 11
    GIFT
    Half (make 2)
    With E, ch 10.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across—9 sc.
    Rows 2–10: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
    Round 11: Ch 1, turn, 3 sc in first sc (for corner) sc in each sc to last st, 3 sc in last sc (for corner), sc in end of each row down side edge; working along opposite side of foundation ch, 3 sc in first ch (for corner), sc in each ch to last ch, 3 sc in last ch (for corner), sc in end of each row up remaining side.
    Round 12: Working in back loops only, sc in each sc around.
    Round 13: Sc in each sc around.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew the stitches of the last round of both halves together, stuffing gift lightly before completing the seam.
    Ribbon
    With A, ch 120. Fasten off.
    Wrap ribbon around gift and tie ends into a bow.
  • 12
    BELT
    With D, ch 65.
    Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch across—64 sc.
    Rows 2 and 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Using long yarn tail, sew belt around waist.
  • 13
    BUCKLE
    With F, ch 16; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
    Round 1: Ch 1, 3 sc in same ch as joining, [sc in next 3 ch, 3 sc in next ch] 3 times, sc in last 3 ch; join with slip st in first sc—24 sc.
    Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Using long yarn tail, sew buckle to front of belt.
  • 14
    FINISHING
    Weave in any remaining ends.
  • 15
    ABBREVIATIONS:
    A = Cherry Red
    B = Buff
    C = Aran
    Ch = Chain
    D = Charcoal
    E = Turqua
    F = Black
    Sc = Single crochet
    St(s) = Stitch(es)
    []= Work directions in brackets the number of times specified

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:several hours

Project Supplies

  • •A Skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Each of the Following Colors: Cherry Red, Buff, Aran, Charcoal, Turqua and Black
  • •Susan Bates 5 mm (U.S. H-8) Crochet Hook
  • •Beads (Optional - See Step 2)
  • •Stitch Marker, 7" Piece of Heavy Cardboard, Polyester Fiberfil (Stuffing) & Yarn Needle